Links roundup: Black History Month, elections throughout Africa, and more!

We’ve gotten a bit behind on sharing links to the last few episodes, so here’s a round-up of everything, starting with our most recent episode.

In episode 55,  we invited listeners to check out our Black History Month series as we celebrate Black History Month, discuss a new feature film shot in Malawi, political developments in Uganda and Nigeria, and the U.S. imposing visa restrictions on Ghana. We also spoke with professor Ashley Currier about her newest book, Politicizing Sex in Contemporary Africa: Homophobia in Malawi.

Here are links to a couple of the pieces we mentioned in the news wrap segment of Episode 55:

  • Read here about the newest biopic about President Yoweri Museveni and what it means for Uganda.
  • The trailer for 27 Guns.
  • President Yoweri Museveni’s tweeted this picture of himself around monitoring screens.
  • Ugandan pop star and politician, Bobi Wine, considers running for president himself.
  • Netflix is bringing The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (adapted from the book of the same name) to its site on March 1st.
  • Learn more about the director of the film Chiwetel Ejiofor.
  • Malawian Actress Lily Banda (@Lily_worldwide) plays the main characters sister.
  • Here is a Black Girl Nerds review and synopsis of the film.
  • Watch The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind trailer here.
  • Research by Kristin Michelitch and Guy Grossman indicates that more competition in an election leads to better political performance by politicians.
  • International concerns are raised as Nigerian chief justice is suspended before election by President Muhammadu Buhari.
  • Learn more about President Buhari’s election success in 2015.
  • Angola decriminalizes homosexuality.
  • Read up on the U.S.’s decision to impose visa restrictions on Ghana.

In episode 54, we first returned to the conversation on the recent presidential election in the DRC and the historic decision by SADC and the AU to call out maleficence in the election, former Ivory Coast’s president, Laurent Gbagbo’s acquittal in the International Criminal Court, and political jostling between president and deputy president in Kenya. We also chatted with Jaimie Bleck on her latest book, written with Nicolas van de Walle, Electoral Politics in Africa Since 1990: Continuity in Change.

Here are links to a couple of the pieces we mentioned in the news wrap segment of Episode 54:

  • Anna Mwaba (@annakapambwe), Smith College political scientist, wrote a great piece in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog about the historic decision by both SADC and the AU to call out the DRC elections.
  • A report on AU spokesperson Ebba Kalondo announcing that the trip had “been postponed. ”
  • Joseph Kabila, Former President of the DRC, refused the request by SADC and the AU to postpone announcing the presidential results.
  • Find out where the “toothless dog” term comes from.
  • Oumar Ba (@OumarKBa), Morehouse College political scientist, writes an article about the possible after effects of the ICC’s recent acquittal of the former Ivory Coast president and aide.
  • Details on the political jostling coming out of Kenya between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy President William Ruto.
  • Check out Leo Arriola’s book, Multiethnic Coalitions in Africa, which explains that as President Kenyatta’s rule comes to an end, the tenuous Jubilee Party alliance (based on constituencies and business elites) may be contested both internally and externally.

And here are some links to the musicians Jaimie recommended listening to during her interview:

In episode 53, we discuss the Zimbabwean protests against the Zimbabwe government’s major hiking up of fuel prices in the broader context of economic history in the country, exploring the reasons the terrorist group Al-Shabab continues to target Kenya, and the latest on Senegal’s upcoming election. We also spoke with Beth Whitaker (@bethewhitaker) about diaspora voting (especially in Kenya) and U.S. foreign policy towards Africa. Check out her latest book, Africa’s International Relations: Balancing Domestic and Global Interests.

Here are links to the pieces we mentioned in the news wrap segment of Episode 53:

  • The Zimbabwe government’s increase in petrol prices makes it the most expensive petrol in the world.
  • Emmerson Mnangagwa’s announcement of hiking petrol prices does his presidency no favors.
  • In Episode 51, we discussed with Lisa Mueller the importance of contextualizing the current fuel price hikes with the historic poor economic conditions in Zimbabwe.
  • Click here for more on the economic crisis in Zimbabwe and why a solution to the exorbitant fuel prices may be hard to find.
  • Check out scholar Farai Chipato’s piece in The Review of African Political Economy, which contextualizes these protests with recent trends in social movements.
  • In episode 10, we discussed with Chipo Dendere about #ThisFlag, a social movement in Zimbabwe.
  • Read here about the leader of the #ThisFlag movement, Pastor Evans Mawarire, who this week was arrested and detained for his role in the protests.
  • Check out George Karekwaivanane’s Twitter, @ghkare, as a resource for Zimbabwean history and politics.
  • We also recommend George Karekwaivanane’s book, The Struggle over State Power in Zimbabwe: Law and Politics Since 1950 which we talked about in Episode 37.
  • Other notable Twitter accounts to follow to keep up with Zim politics include former CNN anchor Robyn Kriel (@robynkriel1) and Al-Jazeera English Africa correspondent Haru Mutasa (@harumutasa).
  • On Africa host Travis Adkins similarly discusses that the student led “bread riots” in Sudan stem from their complete disavowal of the Sudanese regime.
  • Read this article about the ten year history linking Al-Shabab and Kenya.
  • Brendon Cannon (@cannon_brendon) in The Conversation Africa, highlights the positive relationship between increased news coverage of Al-Shabab with increased recruitment and fundraising for the terrorist group.
  • Kenya’s reaction to the Westgate Mall terrorist attack in 2013 included blanket arrests of Muslims and indiscriminate crackdowns aimed at ethnic Somalis, something that must not be repeated.
  • Kim read Keren Weitzberg’s (@KerenWeitzberg) book, We Do Not Have Borders: Greater Somalia and the Predicaments of Belonging in Kenya, which partly explores what it means to be Somali in Kenya today following the Westgate Mall and Garissa University terrorist attacks.
  • Following the January attack in Nairobi, tweets by Ken Opalo and Keguro Macharia highlight the need for better editorial decisions made by news organizations, following poor decisions by many.
  • Constitutional Court announces that the two best known opposition figures have been barred from running in presidential elections this month.
  • We’d like to direct our listeners to the re-launch of the Africa Online Digital Library, an open access digital library of African cultural heritage materials.

In episode 52, we discuss the highly disputed elections and recent result announcement in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as well as a coup attempt by junior military officers in Gabon. We’re also joined by Matthew Page (@MatthewTPage) in a discussion about the new book he co-authored, Nigeria: What Everyone Needs to Know, and the upcoming elections in Nigeria.

Here are links to a couple of the pieces we mentioned in the news wrap segment of Episode 52:

  • Outcry as presidential candidate Felix Tshisekedi announced winner in the DR Congo election.
  • meeting between the Tshisekedi and Kabila campaign raised suspicion that a deal was brokered.
  • Pierre Englebert writes an analysis of the recent election and it’s implausible results.
  • Take a look at France24 English’s video on the DRC’s election results.
  • Rachel Sweet provides an in-depth look at the history of civil conflict in DRC.
  • Jason Stearns had a great Op-Ed in the New York Times on the recent presidential election in the DRC.
  • A breakdown of the attempted coup in Gabon against President Ali Bongo.
  • More on the lead up to the attempted coup in Gabon.
  • Naunihal Singh explains why attempted military coup in Gabon failed.
  • Kim’s work with political scientist Boniface Dulani (@bonidulani) highlights the challenge in institutional stability when presidents are sick.

In episode 51, we had a conversation about the upcoming 2019 elections on the continent, developments in the elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and protests in Senegal and Sudan. Kim spoke with this week’s guest, Lisa Mueller, on her latest book, Political Protest in Contemporary Africa.

Here are links to a couple of the pieces we mentioned in the news wrap segment of Episode 51:

In episode 50, we rounded off the year 2018 with a reflection of what has passed throughout the continent and an eye on what’s to come in 2019. We also share some of our favorite books this year, a sneak peek of our 2019 guests, and art exhibits we can’t wait to see.

Here are links to a few pieces we mentioned in Episode 50:

  • Studies from Freedom House and V-Dem show that democratization in Africa is not receding on average.
  • The same cannot be said for other regions in the world according to an article in Democratization.
  • In episode 48, guest Mike Woldemariam is cautiously optimistic that Ethiopia’s leadership will continue their efforts towards democracy.
  • We discuss in an earlier episode that Tanzania’s current leadership has led to democratic backsliding.
  • Click here for a list of best Africa books of 2018 by Quartz Africa.
  • Rachel recommends Tim Longman’s award winning book: Memory and Justice in Post-Genocide Rwanda.
  • And we encourage our listeners to check out Chimurenga Chronic.
  • Here’s a link to the artist Karimah Ashadu’s website.
  • Another resource to keep up with African news and politics is Ken Opalo’s An Africanist Perspective.

In episode 49, we talked about the runoff election in Madagascar and the delayed elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as in Togo. Our guest Laura Seay (@texasinafrica) shared background information in the delayed elections in Congo. Seay also shared her interesting new venture: “2 Minute African Politics,” an Instagram feed that covers the main issues and debates she teaches in her African Politics course.

Here are links to a couple of the pieces we mentioned in the news wrap segment of Episode 49:

  • Early results in Madagascar’s presidential election showed former president Andry Rajoelina in the lead over Marc Ravalomanana.
  • Read here about both candidates claiming victory amidst run-off.
  • Click here to learn more about the DRC’s electoral commission’s (CENI) decision to delay the election.
  • This report released in July of 2018 suggests the Congolese people’s lack of trust in CENI’s ability “to carry out free and fair elections”.
  • Check out this Twitter thread which provides information on the election delay and context for DRC elections more broadly.
  • Pierre Englebert and George Kasongo Kalumba’s article critique former President Kabila’s attempts to manipulate the election.
  • Demonstrators take to the streets demanding constitutional limits on presidential and legislative terms.
  • 14 opposition parties are boycotting the polls in Togo.
  • More on the recent matatu (mini-bus) ban in Kenya mentioned by Kim.  

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